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The HERITAGE cycle of Seminars and Workshops, co-organized by the IC Instituto da Construção FEUP and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, will have Vila de Monforte (in Alto Alentejo) as an anchoring point and study for this academic year. support from the Municipality of Monforte.
In this village of Monforte, a cycle of Online Seminars will be developed with world experts whose knowledge will be shared in the form of modules of thematic seminars leading to the workshop to be held at the end of June 2022, during a week in the village with teachers and tutors with a strong practical component. It is intended to provide students [mainly, but not exclusively, from the 2nd cycle (4 and 5 years) of Architecture and Civil Engineering courses] the opportunity to develop, as part of multidisciplinary teams, specific proposals for heritage rehabilitation in the urban context of the center history, buildings and urban space.
The workshop will aim to provide participants with the opportunity to put into practice research methodologies and heritage intervention, in a real context, with the support of teachers and tutors, also contributing to the requalification of the village and the enhancement of the region.
The second Seminar of a total of 4 will take place Online on December 13th between 11:50am and 2:30pm. All Seminars will be free, but prior registration is essential, the Workshop will be mostly sponsored, with a fee for each selected student after analysis of their CV and Portfolio.

ONLINE | 13 December 2021 | 11:50 am (Lisbon Time)

Duration: about 3 hours

Invited Speakers

Miguel Malheiro

Has been the Education Director of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Assistant Professor of the Integrated Master’s Degree in Architecture at Universidade Lusíada do Porto since 1994.
Integrated member of CITAD (Center for Research in Territory, Architecture and Design at Universidade Lusíada).
Member of the board of APRUPP (Portuguese Association for Urban Rehabilitation and Heritage Protection) for the
2018-2020 and 2021-2023 bienniums. From 1996 to 2007 he collaborated with the DGEMN (General Directorate for
National Buildings and Monuments) developing several projects for the conservation of architectural heritage, an
activity which he has been developing until now as an independent professional.

Conservation of Architectural Heritage through the Permanence of Things

The conservation of architectural heritage is the theme of this presentation, which reflects on the concepts, criteria and dialogues established in the projects for six monuments and whose coordination we were in charge of or participated in, namely in the Church of São Mamede in Vila Verde, Torre de Vilar, Church of the Monastery of Travanca, Cathedral of Beja, Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Conceição and Paço de Dona
Loba. If in individual intervention we are always interested in individualizing the monuments in order to intervene efficiently in them, that is, characterize them, determine their attributes and their weaknesses to define the most coherent criteria, it seemed appropriate to determine now the paths followed, the criteria adopted in these interventions and, in a way, constitute a practice of intervention in the architectural heritage over two decades. It starts with concrete definitions of heritage, monument and ruin, discusses the vicissitudes, approach strategies and ways to extend the life of monuments through history, physical testimony, their materiality and the project drawing, in other words, of the permanence of the things that
constitute them.

Vasco Peixoto de Freitas

Professor Catedrático (Construções) do Departamento de Engenharia Civil FEUP. Diretor do Laboratório de Física das Construções – FEUP. Membro Conselheiro da Ordem dos Engenheiros. Autor ou Coautor de cerca de 400 publicações científicas e Consultor nos seguintes domínios: Comportamento Higrotérmico, Patologia e Reabilitação de edifícios.

Conservation and Sustainable Design – Energy efficiency and comfort

Available soon

Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem

Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem is Professor and Chair of Architecture and Director of the Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage at Nottingham Trent University. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Gamal is the University lead of Global Heritage Research Theme. Gamal is the recipient of UK’s highest national award for research, The Queen’s Anniversary Prize (2021), the Vice-Chancellor Outstanding Researcher Award (2020), Jeffrey Cook Award of the International Association of the Study of Traditional Environments (2014) and shortlisted for the prestigious Newton Prize (2020). Professor Abdelmonem research focuses on architectural history, architecture of home, socio-spatial practices of urban communities, virtual heritage, museums of the future, medieval culture, and post-conflict cities. He has numerous research grants and awards from the United Kingdom and the European Union. Gamal’s research has informed governments, international organisations, and featured in leading academic journals and government policies. His recent books include ‘Peripheries: Edge Conditions in Architecture’ (2012), ‘Portrush: Towards an Architecture for the North Irish Coast’ (2013); ‘The Architecture of Home in Cairo’ (2016), and “Architecture, Space and Memory of Resurrection in Northern Ireland” (2019); and ‘People, Care and Work in the Home’ (2020).

Virtual Heritage Technologies and Building diaries: Bridging space and time in the radical transformation of heritage preservation in the 21st Century

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Christophe Bouleau

Christophe Bouleau holds a master degree from the Department of Architecture in the Swiss Institute of Technology of Lausanne and has specialized in monument preservation at the Centre des Hautes Etudes de Chaillot in Paris. His career began in historic monuments preservation in France and Italy and he has been working in archaeological and monuments conservation projects in Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico and Egypt. Since 2001, he has been working at the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s Historic Cities Programme as a conservation architect stationed in Cairo in charge of the Darb al-Ahmar district monuments conservation program between 2001 and 2007. He has also been contributing to architectural documentation and conservation projects in Aleppo and Damascus, Syria. Since 2008, as a Conservation Project Officer, he oversees from the Trust’s base in Geneva conservation and architectural programmes in West Africa (earthen architecture rehabilitation),, Pakistan and Bengladesh and provides technical assistance to the wider Aga Khan Development Network’s conservation and adaptive re-use projects in Canada, India and France.

Urban conservation in Cairo: The Darb al-Ahmar area development

In the same time as undertaking the Al-Azhar Park, the Asa Khan Trust for Culture embarked into the restoration of the City Wall and a complete urban rehabilitation scheme, working together the community of residents.